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Illinois Wesleyan Women Win D-III National Championship

Illinois Wesleyan Women Win D-III National Championship

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball team won the school’s sixth national championship with a 57-48 victory over George Fox on Saturday (March 17) at DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Mich.

The Titans trailed 48-43 with 3:46 to play in the game but held the Bruins scoreless in a 14-0 run the rest of the game to claim the championship. With the game tied at 48-48, junior Melissa Gardner buried a 3-pointer to give IWU the lead for good at 51-48 with 1:02 to play.

Senior Olivia Lett, who was chosen the tournament’s “Most Outstanding Player” and was earlier named to the first team of the D3hoops.com All-America squads, made six free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the title.

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The George Fox University Bruins conquered the Amherst College Lord Jeffs 76-69 in a battle of unbeaten teams on Friday evening to advance to the championship game of the 2011-12 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

The Bruins were led by Hannah Munger’s 36 points, a record for Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse.  “That was definitely the best individual performance against us in the five years I have been at Amherst,” admitted Lord Jeffs’ coach G.P. Gromacki.  “She has tremendous moves inside and we thought if she hit her usual free throw percentage, we might slow her down, but she has a nice stroke and hit all the big shots when they needed it.”

George Fox (32-0), ranked No. 3 in the nation, will play Illinois Wesleyan University (27-5), which defeated the University of St. Thomas 67-53, in the title game Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time (4:00 p.m. Pacific).  This will be the second national final for the Bruins, who won it all here in 2009 with a 32-0 record in a 60-53 win over Washington University-St. Louis.   The Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball team will try to become the school’s sixth national champion.

The consolation game between Amherst (31-1), which was the defending national champion and No. 1-ranked team in the country, and St. Thomas (30-2) will be at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific).

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